Force India finally confirm Hulkenberg and di Resta

By on Friday, December 16, 2011

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After months of speculation, Force India finally confirmed Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta as their driver line-up for 2012. This announcement leaves Adrian Sutil, who has been with the team for the past four seasons, currently without a seat for next year.

The Sahara Force India team issued a message on its official Twitter account saying, “It's official! Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta will race for Sahara Force India in 2012. One of the most exciting pairings on the grid."

Hulkenberg spent the 2011 season as the reserve driver for the team, after being dropped by Williams at the end of 2010 in favour of Pastor Maldonado.

“I’m obviously delighted to be staying with Sahara Force India and to be given the chance to race next year. It wasn’t easy to watch from the sidelines this season, but I did my best to help the team and show what I was capable of," said Hulkenberg.

“I’m extremely motivated for 2012 and would like to thank everyone for believing in me and giving me this chance. I’m keen to get down to work over the winter to develop our new car and help the team build on this year’s achievements. The first test in Jerez can’t come soon enough.”

In an official statement from the team, Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said: “In Paul and Nico we have two extremely talented drivers with tremendous potential.

“I think Paul caught the eye of everybody in the pit lane during his rookie season. His speed, maturity and racecraft confirmed that we were right to believe in him and we look forward to working with him again next year.

“As for Nico, we identified him as a rising star at the end of 2010 and chose to evaluate him during the course of this season. Despite having only limited time in the car, he convinced us that he deserved a race seat for 2012.

“Our new line-up means we say ‘goodbye’ to Adrian Sutil, who has been with the team since we entered the sport. He has been an integral part of our success over the past four seasons and we wish him well for the future.”

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